Boxing royalty, George Foreman, has jumped to the defence of Deontay Wilder over the latter’s litany of elaborate excuses for his defeat against Tyson Fury, with the former world champion insisting he ‘couldn’t just say I lost’.
The Bronze Bomber suffered the first defeat of his professional career as Fury stopped him in seven rounds to wrench away his WBC heavyweight title, last February.
Wilder has since made a number of excuses for the defeat and even accused Fury of cheating by hiding a hard object in his gloves and his ex-trainer Mark Breland of spiking his water with muscle relaxers.
Wilder has relentlessly reeled off excuses, including that his ring-walk costume was too heavy
Wilder has been ridiculed for his failure to accept the defeat, with Bob Arum comparing him to Donald Trump, and Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn even saying recently that Wilder had ‘lost his mind’ after he doubled down on his theory that Breland had tampered with his water.
Yet, legendary ex-heavyweight ruler, Foreman, who himself went to extreme lengths to justify losing his famous Rumble in the Jungle battle with Muhammad Ali back in 1974, does sympathise with Wilder.
Fury demolished Wilder in their rematch last year to inflict the first defeat of his pro career
Foreman (right) sympathises with Wilder and insists he had no choice but to make excuses
‘When I lost to Muhammad Ali in Africa all those years back, the ropes were loose, someone put something in my water, it was too early in the morning – the excuses went on,’ Foreman told iFL TV.
‘You’ve got to have excuses when you lose, especially when you’re undefeated. You can’t just say, “I lost”. You can’t say that.’
The 72-year-old believes Wilder can make an ‘excellent comeback’ but he is not in the heavyweight world title picture right now, having not fought since surrendering his WBC belt to Fury last year.
Foreman says Wilder (above) can make an ‘excellent comeback’ with the Bronze Bomber slated to face a slimmed-down Andy Ruiz Jnr towards the end of the year
Fury had given Wilder a glimmer of hope of sealing a trilogy clash – which was abandoned after the Brit’s team claimed his rematch clause had expired – last week by saying he was not ruling out fighting him instead of Anthony Joshua.
But Wilder will now have to bide his time for a shot at redemption after it was revealed this week that Fury and Joshua had both signed the contracts to meet in the first of two heavyweight blockbusters in the summer.
Wilder has been inactive for over a year now but is slated to face former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr at the backend of 2021 with the winner potentially going on to get a shot at either Fury and AJ.
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